Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories (ICPSR 2160)

Published: Dec 15, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Howard Schuman


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For this survey, respondents were asked to consider key historical national and world events since 1930 and to describe the impact of these events upon their lives and why these events seemed especially important. The list of events respondents were queried about included the invention of the television, the decline of communism in eastern Europe, the Korean War, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, space exploration, terrorism and hostage-taking, and the threat of nuclear war. Those queried were also asked about events or changes that were especially poignant to them and whether they kept memorabilia from the past, such as items from World War II, the Holocaust, or the Vietnam War. Specific questions on the events of World War II were included in the survey. Respondents also answered questions regarding events or changes related to their own interests, such as religion, sports, music, television, and films. Background information includes religion, marital status, education, employment, political orientation, and income.

Schuman, Howard. Detroit Area Study, 1991: Collective Memories. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-12-15.

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A multistage area probability sample of housing units in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The sample was restricted to adults 18 years of age and over.

Residents aged 18 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

telephone interviews

survey data



2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.

2003-07-25 Variable documention in the codebook has been altered to ensure interviewer anonymity.


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